06.20.2019 Two different views of Mountain Laurel

Two more views of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia).

The first was made with the 70-200 which allowed for a full frame, more or less, and some soft background blooms.

The second with the 180.

Now to try to find a couple with tripped stamens.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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11 Responses to 06.20.2019 Two different views of Mountain Laurel

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Lovely to see these two different views of the mountain laurel. Love the detail.

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  2. Someone asked me if mountain laurel flowers have a scent, and I was so busy photographing them during my brief encounter last year that I don’t think I ever found out. Do they?


  3. shoreacres says:

    I still see those frosting flowers. This isn’t a perfect example, but it will do.

    Once I get past that, I really like these flowers. The ones you’ve shown here are more pink than the first you posted, and it was that color that made me decide that it was mountain laurel in your previous post. I’d assumed they always were a purer white, but a search of other images showed them in various shades of pink. Do they turn pink as they age, or is it natural variation?

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    • As a sweetaholic, those look delicious and very visually similar to the Mountain Laurel buds. For years I paid little attention to Mountain Laurels and just looked at them as part of the landscape. Once I studied them closer I have become quite enamored.
      To the best of my knowledge they are variable with white the predominant color but some pink from a hint to totally. I am pretty sure they just brown as they age. I’ll see if I can get some older blooms to share in a future post as well as a sprung anther catapult.

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      • shoreacres says:

        I don’t know if it’s so, but in this article it says that the flowers start out pink and turn white as they age.

        I also learned that all parts of the plant are poisonous — no nibbling on those tasty-looking buds! Tthere are some pretty amazing microscopic views of the plant in that linked article. It produces a sticky substance just like the sundews, and traps insects in the same way. It doesn’t seem to be carniverous, though.

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      • To the best of my knowledge I agree with his assessment. There are other Kalmia species that are entirely red, but K. latfolia pretty much becomes white as it matures although occasionally tinges of pink subtly remain. In the plant trade cultivars have been developed with stronger pinks throughout the blossoms existence.
        Thanks for the link.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    Oh, I think that first image is heaven! All the Mountain Laurel’s grace is there. And the second is beautiful too….I find myself wondering who it would be to soften some of the texture, I’m not sure why. But it’s really nice! And tripped stamens! 🙂 I suppose a little time will offer you that opportunity. I was always most fascinated by all that structure and symmetry…the delicate color… the way the stamens appear to be stuck to those little dots… and on the other side, the corresponding bumps….well, I guess I love it all, thanks for showing these Steve! 🙂

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    • A highlight of mountain laurel watching would be to see a bee trip one of the catapults from its grip. They are such beautiful and unusual flowers. I visited a spot with many large shrubs but it was a rainy day and the light wasn’t favorable for a landscape. I’m glad you enjoyed these, Lynn. Thanks!

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